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Crif Dogs: The Top Hotdogs in New York City
The small, dark restaurant has committed itself to the hotdog in a way like no place I've ever been. A few old arcade games greet you at the door, and the décor will not strike you as carefully planned. Linger at the cash register for a moment, and you'll see a "Wicked Girl" action figure (if you don't know that that is, leave a comment, and I'll help you out). And, there are even a few secrets to be found around Crif ... if you know where to look.
What Crif Dogs serves is among the best I've ever had, with the only competition coming from Popo's in Swmascott, Massachusetts and a small stand just off Camp Casey in Tong Du Chon, South Korea (which may not even exist anymore – it's been a dozen years since I last "dined" there). The dogs are hot, they snap and they are packed with flavor in a way that keeps the toppings from masking it. To call a Crif Dog a superior hotdog would be an understatement. And you won't have any problems with the bun. Though it isn't toasted (take this as a suggestion, Crif), it's firm and dry.
Crif Dogs is a bit out of the way if you're sticking to the usual tourist spots when visiting New York City, but it's worth a subway hike (and then a walk) to sink your teeth into one of Crif's creations. The experience is worth it.
[Thanks to @welshwonder for putting a few dogs back with me on my last trip to Crif]